Track Of The Day – I Am Harlequin – “Wild One”


I Am Harlequin is the creation of multi-instrumentalist Anne Frier,  who we are told  spent her early childhood in East Germany. Now in our experience many avant garde artists from Germany are often, well, how can we put this delicately.. a bit “bats” to be quite honest. This is of course a good thing. Thankfully, unlike her compatriot Nina Hagen, Anne’s music is a lot more accessible and she has honed a sound that conjures up a dash of  Kate Bush,  Bjork without the “bollocks du jour” mixed with a more restrained, sonorous Florence.  But please don’t let the latter reference put you off, there are no egregious warble-fests , nor is there anything that resembles the sound of an Owl being attacked by a rabid fox here, for I Am Harlequin is an unusual and emotionally stirring hybrid of a kind of classical, choral electronic indie.  A sound that  isn’t straining to be different or ethereal but ends up being exactly that due to the simple fact that it is, in point of fact, rather bloody good.

“Wild One” was featured in “Skins” which is, we are reliably informed,  a teen drama series in which young folk take their clothes off a lot and earnestly try to achieve sexual congress, with varying degrees of success. I am told there is sometimes a storyline too. Still it’s a lovely emotive, strangely moving song.

I Am Harlequin also released a single last month, called “Onesome” which erm, we initially thought may have been all about “self love,”  y’know a bit of secret “me-time?”  but perhaps on reflection it isn’t. Maybe we just have filthy minds. It certainly won’t be the first time we’ve been called wankers. Enjoy…

PS. Anne has also produced a highly praised remix of Queens “Don’t Stop Me Now”, alas we fucking hate Queen’s camp, cod rock patno with the intensity of a zealot, but if you’re interested you can find it on the I Am Harlequin’s website below.


Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

Discussion5 Comments

  1. Mazzy Starrchart

    I lover her. Gorgeous songs, I’m with you on Queen tho, always got on my nerves , but the remix she done even makes them palatable, which takes talent!


    • Andy Von Pip

      We love her more Razz

      Yeh I listened to the Queen Remix too and once I got past Mr Mercury’s narcissistic bombast I did enjoy the choral, ethereal element Anne Brought to it. A big talent!

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